Type of site
|Financial journalism website|
|Created by||Hugo Dixon, Rob Cox|
|Launched||Expression error: Unrecognized word "dd"., 1999|
Breakingviews delivers agenda-setting financial insight. Every day, the publication comments on the biggest financial stories as they break in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Expert analysis is provided by a global team of about 30 columnists based in New York, London, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Washington, and Dubai. Through Thomson Reuters' 500,000 desktops and the breakingviews.com website, the site's columns reach financial professionals ranging from asset managers and senior corporate executives to private equity partners, investment bankers and lawyers. Breakingviews also syndicates selected content on Reuters.com and in influential publications including The International Herald Tribune. The company was founded in 1999 as Breakingviews.com and was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2009, becoming Reuters' global brand for financial commentary.
Breakingviews subscribers receive three emails per day, plus 3 weekly summary round ups via email. About half of the site's paid subscribers are "banking professionals" and the remainder are "fund managers, corporates, public relations people or other professional services" including law firms and media organizations. Most subscriptions are paid by employers (as opposed to individuals).
The site was founded in 1999 by Hugo Dixon, a former editor of the Financial Times' Lex column, and launched its website in July 2000. In 2001, the site was the first online business journal to win a 'Harold Wincott award', and it was awarded a 'European Online Journalism award' for its coverage of "conflicts in investment banking and securities research".
In 2005, the site launched a US edition, led by founding editor Rob Cox. On January 1, 2007 the Wall Street Journal syndicated the service for a daily column on the back page of the "Money and Investing" section and WSJ.com. After Rupert Murdoch bought Dow Jones, the parent of the Journal, the Breakingviews newspaper column moved to the New York Times and International Herald Tribune, and to the Daily Telegraph in the U.K.
In 2007, the board was expanded to include Claudio Costamagna, former Chairman of Goldman Sachs' investment banking business in Europe and Mervyn Davies, Chairman of Standard Chartered. Former Reuters editor Geert Linnebank joined the board in 2008.
Thomson Reuters bought the company in 2009 for about $23 million. Dixon announced he would step down as global editor in chief in October 2009, to be succeeded by Cox in New York.
Breakingviews stories are also carried in several other major newspapers. In addition to daily columns in the IHT, La Stampa, Cinco Dias and elsewhere, the columns have appeared in Fortune magazine, Slate.com, Económico (Portugal), Le Monde (France), Handelsblatt (Germany), NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands), Caijing (China), The Business Times (Singapore), The National (United Arab Emirates), Kauppalehti (Finland), El Pais and Cinco Dias (Spain), l'Agefi (Switzerland), La Stampa (Italy), Business Standard (India) and other leading print and online publications.